National solar developer Standard Solar Inc., based out of Rockville, Md., has announced an agreement with the Town of Burrillville, R.I., to build a 4.2 MW system that will be integrated into the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth Program (REG Program).
The ground-mount project, using town property, will contain more than 11,000 solar modules and produce 5.3 GWh of electricity for the town, according to Standard Solar.
Standard Solar purchased the project from Boston-based Energy Management Inc. and will finance, own and operate the system. The project is expected be completed in March 2020.
The REG Program is supporting the development of 560 MW of new renewable energy projects in Rhode Island between 2015 and 2020. It is the successor program to the contract-based 40 MW Distributed Generation Standard Contracts Program (DG Program), which was in place from 2011 to 2014. Eligible technologies include wind, solar, hydropower and anaerobic digestion. In contrast to the DG Program, small-scale solar projects can participate in the REG Program, says Standard Solar.
“Rhode Island is a sleeping giant with the REG Program,” says Scott Wiater, president and CEO of Standard Solar. “When Energy Management approached us with the possibility of being involved in a project in the state, we were thrilled. This project with the Town of Burrillville mirrors several we have done for other towns up and down the Eastern Seaboard, so we were excited to add it to our ever-burgeoning portfolio.”